Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne for piano No. 9 in B major, Op. 32/1, CT. 116

    Description by Blair Johnston

    The pair of Nocturnes contained in Frédéric Chopin's fourth published entry in the genre, Opus 32 (published in 1837 and dedicated to Mme. la Baronne de Billing), are something of a let down after the brilliance and grace of the Opus 27 pair. Though each of the Opus 32 pieces is characteristic of the composer's approach to Nocturne form (or, perhaps, approaches, as the two are really quite different from one another, and yet can each still be related to several other Nocturnes), the steady stream of craftsmanship that marked the previous pair of Nocturnes (and also the following, Opus 37, pair) seems not so reliable here: in each of the Opus 32 nocturnes moments of originality and power stick out in a way that they might not had the entirety of the pieces been sewn of finer silk. Chopin composed three Nocturnes in the key of B major; the Nocturne in B major, Op.32, No.1 is, chronologically, in the middle, and has found its way onto concert programs far less frequently than either of the other two. Following on the heels of the highly decorated Nocturne in D-flat major, Op.27, No.2, this first Opus 32 Nocturne sings a tune of great simplicity. Decoration is kept to a minimum (for Chopin)-the watery texture and unassuming accompaniment make this easily one of the most "Classical" works ever penned by the composer. Of interest is the way that the main theme, an exercise in modesty and sweetness, is broken off during each presentation by a sudden, unexpected silence (each time reasserting itself by means of the captivating cadence that immediately follows this unwanted intrusion). The finest of this small work, by far, is found in its unexpectedly dramatic coda. A change of both mode (from major to minor) and texture (from quiet and unassuming to stormy and recitativo) make the conclusion a complete contrast to the first two-thirds of the piece. There is no last-minute reprise of the opening atmosphere: the work ends, sullenly, with a sustained B natural in the bass.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Deutsche Grammophon
    2018 Linn / Linn Records CKD 565
    2018 ABC / ABC Classics
    2017 Berlin Classics 0300905 BC
    2017 Warner Classics 563595
    2017 ABC Classics
    2017 Warner Classics 563595
    2017 Decca / Eloquence ELQ 4826291
    2017 APR (Appian) APR 6022
    2017 Tacet 220 CD
    2016 ABC Classics 4812457
    2016 ABC Classics 4812456
    2016 ABC Classics ABC 4812732
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4795404
    2016 APR (Appian) APR 7307
    2015 Warner Classics 2564619911
    2015 K-Tel 136155
    2015 Classical Piano Chillout RN 471654
    2015 Chandos CHAN 10852
    2015 ABC Classics 4811633
    2015 ABC Classics ABC 4812222
    2015 ABC Classics ABC 4812226
    2014 Brilliant Classics 94930BR
    2014 United Classics T 2CD2013024
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon
    2014 Three Oranges Recordings 3OR 19
    2014 Three Oranges Recordings
    2014 Reflections / Reflections 61653
    2014 AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment UMMC 81102
    2013 Piano Classics PCL 0049
    2013 Warner Classics 2564651479
    2013 BIS BIS 9044
    2012 Warner Classics
    2012 Alto MCSCD 2012
    2012 Supraphon SU 40972
    2012 ABC Classics 4764835
    2012 Music & Arts 1261
    2012 Decca 4784006
    2012 Concerto / Zebralution
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon
    2011 Fazer / Finlandia
    2011 Newton Classics 8802076
    2011 Decca
    2011 Gall (formerly Gallo) / Gallo CD 1325
    2011 Fryderyk Chopin Institute NIFCCD000020
    2010 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099945851
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099945533
    2010 Berlin Classics 0300020
    2010 Ligia 103188
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099996711
    2010 Fryderyk Chopin Institute 10
    2010 Alto 1119
    2010 Decca
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94048
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099960839
    2010 Fryderyk Chopin Institute 20
    2010 Decca
    2010 RCA Red Seal 88697757892
    2010 Classics & Jazz / Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 ABC Classics 4764072
    2010 Decca 14806
    2010 Decca
    2009 Berlin Classics 0149572
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 CAvi-music 8553137
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics and Jazz 001382602
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2009 Supraphon 40042
    2009 APR (Appian) 6008
    2009 Reflections 47516
    2009 Doron Music 4012
    2008 Ondine 903
    2008 Quartz 2022
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93217
    2008 Berlin Classics 0184282
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon 4717432
    2008 Corona Classic Collection 0001582CCC
    2008 DA Records / Zebralution
    2008 Wigmore Hall 23
    2007 Deutsche Grammophon
    2007 Apex
    2007 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2007 Centaur Records 2879
    2007 Decca
    2007 Dal Segno 031
    2007 Classical Records 83
    2007 Dal Segno 017
    2007 Decca
    2007 Decca
    2006 TUTM 2834
    2006 Brana Records 0033
    2006 Camerata Records 15040
    2006 Berlin Classics 0185412BC
    2006 Apex 460708
    2006 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 41429
    2006 Turn Up the Music 70276
    2006 Jeff Vidov 2006-01
    2006 Warner Classics 2564636762
    2006 Marquis Classics 815035
    2005 Nonesuch
    2005 Nonesuch
    2005 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243586507
    2005 Athene 23201
    2005 Brilliant 92202
    2005 Harmonia Mundi 907404
    2004 GSP Recordings 1024
    2004 Brana Records 0018
    2004 Arbiter ARBITER141
    2004 St. Clair 31342
    2004 Turn Up the Music 2161
    2003 Decca 000054802
    2003 Essential Classics / St. Clair 31002
    2003 Philips 475029
    2003 Decca 000477
    2003 Turn Up the Music 1427
    2002 Alba ABCD 160
    2002 Sony Music Distribution SK-87886
    2001 Decca
    2001 Disques Pierre Verany 700017
    2001 RCA 902668959
    2001 EMI Music Distribution 74019
    2000 Pulse 559
    2000 Deutsche Grammophon 469 610-2GEQ
    2000 Chanterelle 2702
    2000 Orchard 4130
    1999 Hungaroton 31814
    1999 Naxos 554045
    1999 Madacy 9506
    1999 Philips 456 805-2PM2
    1999 Philips 462232
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon 4237732
    1998 Penguin Classics 460614
    1998 Decca 4603222
    1998 Koch Schwann 365002
    1998 Ivory Classics 70701
    1998 Deutsche Grammophon 457992
    1997 Skylark Music SKY 9601
    1997 Madacy 3716
    1996 EMI Music Distribution 56196
    1996 London 444830
    1995 Deutsche Grammophon 437 464-2GX2
    1995 APR (Appian) 7010
    1995 BIS 661
    1994 Centaur Records 2654
    1993 Royal Classics 6408
    1992 Decca
    1992 Decca / London 436389
    1992 Celestial Harmonies CH 140582
    1992 VAI Audio 1001
    1991 Elektra 79232
    1990 Decca / London 4177982
    1988 Decca / Deutsche Grammophon
    1985 Deutsche Grammophon 415 117-2GH
    Classical Records 007
    Lydian 18130
    Carlton Classics 02357
    Edelweiss Records 1009
    Musique d'Or 1032
    Brilliant 92202/2
    Analekta 23142
    DCL 703162
    Caren Goodin Evarts
    Albert Aprigliano
    Deutsche Grammophon 431996
    Michael Le Van
    ABC Classics 4766476
    London 443810
    Chandos 10004
    Canyon Classics 3641
    Decca 475 8091DB5
    Dante 056